Buenos dias everyone! Fine morning for french toast and strippers. Habs beat the Sens last night. Undefeated baby! Gionta and Maxwell score, and some dude named Eric Neilson threw his fists around at a much cheaper price than BGL. But from most accounts the Habs looked pretty meh for 40 minutes. Elsewhere, Phil Kessel is a Leaf. UGH. Mike Comrie had 4 assists in his return to Edmonton, and the Sedins look good. I found a nice local piece on Saku, let's just be happy for him.
OK so while it is in fact TWOTOL, Scotty Hockey really ain't feeling the love for Gomez. Let's skip the formalities and get it over with:
I never liked Scott Gomez. Not one bit. For one, he was a Devil. For two, he was handed a seven-year deal worth $51.5 million. For that much money, you want a top 10, or even two 20 talent in the NHL. Gomez? Not even close. He was coming off of a season where he played 10 less games and scored 24 less points than the year before and had 13 goals. I'm pretty sure you are supposed to play better in a contract year, not worse. And yet he still was handed the keys to the castle (along with Chris Drury). Gomez was supposed to be the superstar center that would feed Jaromir Jagr the puck and raise the team to the next level. Instead, Jagr was pissed that Gomez replaced Nylander and the two never found any chemistry. In fact, in two seasons Gomez seemed to find no on--ice chemistry with anyone. True, he did put up 144 points in 175 games (including playoffs) but the expectations were so very much higher. The only time he came close to those was in the playoff series against the Devils where he simply dominated his former team. Seven points in five games where he consistently went to the net, he got his teammates involved and he played with passion. The next series against Cindy and the Pens he was a shadow of himself and we lost. The worst part about Gomez - in my opinion - was not that he didn't live up to expectations, not that he circled incessantly around the ice and often put linemates offsides, not that he avoided contact and dumped the puck into the corner rather than go into traffic - it was that he often smiled in postgame interviews. Sounds ridiculous, I know. But Gomez always came across as smug and arrogant, happy to cash his ridiculous paycheque, with little regard for whether the team won or lost. Gomez is proud of his Mexican heritage and more than earned the MexiCan't nickname I bestowed upon him.
Let's get back into TWOTOL mode, and there is plenty of shit going down to love like strippers sur le cuir. Habs go to Ottawa to see Kovy tonight and play the B's In Quebec City tomorrow. Tonight will have "limited action" (whatever that is) on RIS, and the Bs game is on RDS, presumably in full. Plenty of NFL, CFL, and NCAA (GO GATORS! Fuck you Lane Kiffin, but I'd like to fuck your wife). I'm sure there's Premier League to talk about, and motorsports, and locked out referees, and movies and Fringe and whatever your little hearts want to blah blah about. Let's love together.